Powered by the mighty Madeira River, one of the Amazon’s strongest tributaries, the Santo
Antonio Hydroelectric plant is one of Brazil’s largest hydropower projects. It’s on track to provide power to 11 million homes in the Amazon region.
Currently under construction in Porto Velho, the capital city of the Brazilian state of Rodô-nia, the €500 million plant will be the second largest bulb turbine plant in the world when
completed in 2016. The Santo Antonio project scope includes the installation of 50 bulb turbines that generate 71. 6 megawatts each and the construction of cofferdams, a spillway and a
271-square-kilometer (105-square-mile) reservoir in eight stages.
The eight-year initiative kicked off in September 2008. By early 2009, the project consortium
had signed contracts for the supply of turbines and power equipment. The consortium, led by
Andritz, Voith, industrial powerhouse Odebrecht and state-run power company Electrobras,
chose Alstom as one of the primary power equipment providers.
Alstom, a global power and rail company based in Levallois-Perret, France, was given €80
million to design and deliver 21 bulb turbines and 26 generators in addition to significant
As the River Flows
A hydroelectric plant in Brazil navigates rocky waters.
The Santo Antonio
Hydroelectric plant in
Porto Velho, Brazil